Yard Find: Fuel-Injected 1973 Porsche 911

This 1973 Porsche 911 is listed on eBay in the U.K., but is an Arkansas barn find that’s said to be an early CIS model with what’s believed to be original paint. The silver 911 is a first-year car for the Continuous Injection System, a change from the previous years mechanical fuel injection. Check out some of the cars in the background of the photos shared in the listing here on eBay; it looks like there’s more to choose from at that property in Arkansas. 

This seller has a history of listing U.S. barn finds on the U.K. eBay site for export only, but he normally deals in Jaguar E-Types. This 911 clearly has been sitting for several years to accumulate this level of pine needles, but the listing doesn’t include any photos of the detritus blown off. Hopefully, it’s still solid underneath, but photos do show some accident damage at the passenger side rear corner.

The interior is encouraging, as it still looks quite tidy inside. I’d wager the doors were kept sealed while this 911 slumbered outside, as the cabin simply looks too preserved to have had long periods of open air exposure. The seller says this being an early CIS car makes it a rare find, but I’m not sure I agree; sure, early models are special, but how excited to Porsche fanatics get over a first-year fuel injection vehicle? I’ll let our readers set me straight if I’m off the mark about the desirability of this feature.

It’s impossible to tell for sure based on the photos, but what I can see shows little in the way of door panel or lower sill rot. However, I think it’s safe to say the typically fragile floors likely need replacing, and other vulnerable areas like the jack points are still cause for concern. Bidding is around $10K U.S. at the moment, with the reserve unmet. Hopefully, the pleasant climate in Arkansas has kept this 911 from becoming swiss cheese on the bottom.

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  1. Arthell64 Member

    Who leaves a Porsche sitting in a yard under pine trees?

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    • Fordguy1972

      Billy-Bob. Or Cletus.

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      • Sandy Claws

        Maybe if they won the lotto. Of course, stupid plus money equals-still stupid.

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  2. Bakyrdhero Member

    Maybe it was purchased cheap as a project some time ago and never came to fruition..

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  3. DayDreamBeliever Member

    From the auction listing: “…found in Arkansas barn…”

    Eh, I guess in some parts of the world, white pine trees are considered to be the equivalent of a barn?

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    • Spridget

      It was found in an Arkansas barn . . . 25 years ago.

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  4. RoughDiamond Member

    White pine needles left laying on a car, especially at the door/window beltline, will eventually end up in the bottom of the door once the window squeegees rot. The needles will stop up the drains and the door will rust from the inside out. This happened to my ’81 Camaro Z/28 prior to my ownership and was the only sheet metal issue with the car. It had been off the road since the early 90s, but was left parked under a canopy of white pine trees. Fortunately, about 3 years ago I found a rust free pair of used doors.

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  5. ccrvtt

    “Who leaves a Porsche sitting in a yard under pine trees?”

    Exactly. This is the apogee of arrogance by a seller. No matter how much I might want this car I would refuse to deal with such an imbecile. This person is an insult to nice cars.

    And anyone who cares about cars.

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    • Mountainwoodie

      Imbecile! LOL……….nothing should surprise any of us!

      That said I’d rather have a carbureted version……..them CIS’s is finicky.

      Gott in Himmel,,,,,, there’s a XKE behind it!

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      • leiniedude leiniedude Member

        Well, the Jag allllllllmost made it to the shed. It’s for sale also in there other items. I am warning you cats now, DO NOT look at the Alfa!

  6. Chris In Australia

    I’ve been pining for a 911 for years……. (insert groan as desired)

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    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      This 911 has been pining for you too. A match made in treetop heaven!

  7. H5mind

    It’s interesting how the early 911’s have shot up in value. When I was looking for one year’s ago the local Porsche shop told me to avoid the non-galvanized versions. As a driver, the 1978-1983 were recommended as the better bet.

  8. Keith Phillips

    Exactly how I want to find an early 911 stored! A 911T is no cheaper to restore than a 911S, yet is worth half. I’d be concerned about the longitudinals in the rear and rebuilding the CIS. By the way, CIS is finicky when mechanics that don’t know how to work on it mess it up. I would much rather have CIS on this car than a set of carbs. It’s a great set up when done right. There is also a shop that now can rebuild or replace most of the parts.
    This car will need everything. With the backing off of prices of 911’s, it will be easy to be upside down quickly.

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  9. Unobtanium Matt

    I can’t imagine what the rear shelf, rear seat area, and below look like considering there’s no back window. That white sheet or whatever it is probably didn’t do much to keep out the elements.

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  10. v

    i never saw the point of sitting a car under any tree. no matter the weather. this is an excellent example of what the cowl, heating , and air circulation vents are filled with. turn on the heat and omg what is that smell. thats the smell of rotting trees. but if you add the right amount of moisture you can grow mushrooms. edible mushrooms come from oak trees. so if you need mushrooms and your hungry, park it under oak only. ill have the Agaricus bisporus please with the blue cheese dressing.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Morels and Limburger for me.

  11. stillrunners

    Once again…..before EBay, Barrett Jackson etc…..these were just cars to COSTLY to fix or keep running as one aged and better less expensive cars became available.

    Another note – this is a flipper – not the previous owner – who could have cared less – but someone trying to get their money back on a buy out of cars sitting and rotting.

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  12. Pierre

    The seller could at least remove the pine needles for the picture…

    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      What? That’d disturb the pine-tina! And we know how important that is these days.

  13. Chen lee

    Just think of the beautiful patina that those pine needles will give it.
    Not to mention the almost “clear coat” appearance that pine sap is known for.

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  14. Tricky

    I’ll take the Jag!!

  15. R.J. Knight

    I have a 1973 Porsche 911E targa with 69K miles. Drove it into my garage put on wheel chocks and never seen the sunlight since 1986. It’s registered historic in a state where my ranch is because it’s a one time historic registration. I put no value on the car and probably will give it away since the good LORD has blessed me with more than my needs. By give away to my neighbors kid who loves it….possibly.

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